To Apply


The “Global Histories of Disability” Institute is limited to twenty-five participants who meet the NEH eligibility criteria. Please read them carefully to determine if you are eligible to apply. At least five spaces will be reserved for non-tenure-track/adjunct/contingent faculty, and up to three spaces for advanced graduate students. An applicant need not hold an advanced degree in order to qualify. You may apply to up to two Seminars or Institutes, but you may attend only one. First consideration is given to those who have not previously attended an NEH Seminar or Institute.

The Application Process

There are two steps in the application process. The first is to complete the online NEH Participant Application Cover Sheet. Make sure that you save it as a PDF file on your computer before you hit the “submit” button, because you will need a copy for the second step. The second step is to submit an application package to the Institute’s selection committee. The package should include a copy of the cover sheet you submitted to the NEH, your CV (not to exceed 5 pages), and an essay of no more than 4 double-spaced pages. Per NEH guidelines, application essays should address:

  1. your quality and commitment as a teacher, scholar, and interpreter of the humanities;
  2. your writing skills, which will be tested by ethics paper writing service
  3. your intellectual interests as they relate to the topic of the institute;
  4. your special perspectives, skills, or experiences that would contribute to the program;
  5. evidence that participation will enhance your long-term teaching and scholarship;
  6. a research or teaching project and its potential contribution to the institute.

No prior background in disability history and/or disability studies is required. Applications from people who are deaf and/or have disabilities are especially welcome.

All application documents must be submitted by email to Maureen Kelly, Program Assistant, at [email protected]. Please write “NEH 2022 Application” in the subject line. Paper applications cannot be accepted.

The submission deadline is 11:59 PM EST on March 1, 2022.

The selection committee will review each application carefully. Applicants will be notified about the status of their applications on March 28, 2022, and will have until Friday, April 6 to accept or decline the offer.

Information and forms related to the application process may be viewed/downloaded here:

  • NEH Eligibility Criteria (PDF)
  • NEH 2022 Application Information and Instructions (PDF)
  • NEH Participant Application Cover Sheet (website)
  • NEH Principles of Civility (website)

NEH Stipend and Conditions of Award

Each participant will receive a $3,300 stipend. The stipend is intended to help cover travel, housing, meals, and basic expenses. Stipends are taxable. Institute participants must attend all meetings and be fully engaged. During the institute, participants may not undertake other teaching assignments or professional activities. Those who, for any reason, do not complete the full tenure of the project will receive a reduced stipend. Therefore, participants should plan to arrive in D.C. on Sunday, June 17, and leave no earlier than the evening of Friday, July 13. At the end of the project’s residential period, NEH Summer Scholars are expected to submit an online evaluation of the institute.

Last updated on January 25, 2022.